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2015 Young Investigator of the Year


The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2015 Young Investigator of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine investigator whose work is broadly focused on the biomedical sciences. The awardee is an individual who has contributed substantial new insights and knowledge in the pursuit of improving human health and has linked basic science with clinical application.


Dr. Weian Zhao
Assistant Professor
Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Zhao completed his BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry at Shandong University where he studied polymer, surface and colloidal chemistry. Dr. Zhao then obtained his PhD in Chemistry at McMaster University in 2008. During his PhD study, Dr. Zhao focused on the use of functional nucleic acid (i.e. aptamers, DNA based enzymes) to structure gold nanoparticles to construct well-defined nanostructures and biosensors. Following his PhD work Dr. Zhao was a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT. His research focused on the development of novel molecular, nano- and micro-engineered tools for stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, diagnosis and in vivo imaging, and elucidating stem cell and cancer biology.

Dr. Zhao's talent and creativity have been recognized by numerous awards including 2012 MIT's Technology Review TR35 Award: the World's Top Young Investigators under age 35 and the 2014 NIH Director's New Innovator Award. Dr. Zhao is extremely innovative and passionate about interdisciplinary, collaborative and transformative research. Although still early in his independent career, Dr. Zhao is already an accomplished leader in the development of functional nucleic acid sensors and micro-devices for diagnostics and therapeutics. He has edited 1 book and 4 journal special issues, co-authored >50 journal articles (including 18 since he began his independent career at UCI) in top journals including Nature Communications, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, PNAS, and Blood.


Join us in celebrating this honor to Dr. Zhao
Register now for the Awards Dinner to be held on May 12th space is limited

The 7th Annual ICTS Awards Dinner
"People Who Make a Difference in Human Health"

UCI Student Center Pacific Ballroom
Cocktail Reception.....................5:00 - 6:00 PM
Awards Dinner...........................6:00 - 8:00 PM

To register click here